As the showers ease and the winter weather settles in, anglers on the Tweed and Gold Coast can look forward to favorable conditions for fishing. With light winds and sunshine on the forecast, it’s an excellent time to hit the water and try your luck. However, it’s always essential to check the most updated forecast before heading out. We’ll take a look at what’s been biting this week and offer some tips for targeting specific species.
The offshore grounds have proven fruitful for dedicated anglers who have put in the time and effort. Before dropping anchor or choosing your drift line, it’s crucial to spend some time scanning the area you plan to fish. Look for bait schools or signs of fish activity on your sounder to maximize your chances of success.
In the 18 to 24 fathom reefs, anglers have been catching some impressive Snapper, along with Spangled Emperor, Tusk Fish, Cobia, Jewfish, Trag Jew, Moses Perch, and Maori Cod. Float lining is a productive technique, allowing you to control the sinking speed of your bait and feel for bites on the way down.
Moving to the 36 and 50 fathom grounds, Snapper remains a popular target as the water temperature cools down. Additionally, anglers have been successful in landing Pearl Perch, Tuskfish, Yellowtail Kingfish, Amberjack, and Samson. Live baits are a must-have, along with WA Pilchards, Whole Large Squid, Bonito Fillet, Mullet Fillet, and Mac Tuna, which are sure to entice hungry fish.
Flathead enthusiasts have had a productive week, with quality catches being reported. As the water temperature drops, it’s recommended to search for these fish in shallow waters that retain slightly more warmth, particularly at high tide on the top of sandbanks. The Broadwater and Jumpinpin are excellent starting points for your search.
When the tide begins to fall, shift your focus to the edges of the sandbanks, creeks, drain mouths, and deeper gutters between sandbanks. These areas are prime zones that often produce quality fish. Flathead are ambush predators, waiting patiently for bait fish to swim past, making soft plastics, metal vibe lures, soft vibes, and trolling diving lures effective options. Drifting live or dead baits can also cover a lot of ground and yield positive results. Keep an eye on your sounder for bait schools and signs of fish, as surprises are common while fishing.
Some recommended spots for flathead fishing include Wave Break Island, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Aldershots, Never Fail Islands, Brown Island, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Bedrooms, Kalinga Bank, Canaipa Passage, the Mouth of the Logan River, and Browns Bay.
Bream Fishing in Winter
The winter months offer prime opportunities for Bream enthusiasts to pursue a rewarding catch. While braving the cold nights on the water can be challenging, it often pays off with great catches of Bream. Look for schools of White Pilchards, as they are a favorite food source for Bream in the Broadwater and Jumpinpin.
When targeting Bream, it’s a good idea to establish a burley trail to keep them interested and in the area you are fishing. Recommended baits include Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Bonito Fillet, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, and Yabbies.
Some promising spots for Bream fishing include Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang
Quotes from the Boats
Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports:
“Fishing on the 50s has been really good with King Fish, Amberjacks, Sambos, Snapper and Pearl Perch have been biting well on live bait, squid, pilchards and mullet.”
LINKS & INFO
If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went. email@example.com.
Stay up to date with all fishing regulations in Queensland https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries
Hire a tinnie with your Coomera Houseboat hire to maximise your fishing range on the water: http://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/our-fleet-type/hire-tinnies/
Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
Good luck with the Fishing. Brett